9 districts in Balochistan declared calamity-hit areas
File Photo: A man with his children are standing at his damaged house in the Killi Muhammad Shahi Quetta: Photo Manan Mandokhail

Manan Mandokhail, Abdullah Lehri, Imran Sumalani, Sardar Muhammad Khondai: 

QUETTA: The death toll in rains and floods-related incidents reached 57 as four more dead bodies were found across Balochistan on Friday. A well-placed officer at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said most of the casualties have been reported from Quetta, Barkhan, Pishin, Kohlu, Bolan, Zhob, and other districts of Balochistan.

He requested anonymity since he was not authorized to speak to the media. Flash floods unleashed by heavy rainfall played havoc in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan during the last five days.

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Dozens injured in rains-related incidents

Dozens of people have suffered injuries as a result of the rains related incidents and floods. Most of the injured were admitted to the civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment. An emergency has been declared in all government-run hospitals located in all affected districts of the province.

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“Expedite relief and rescue operation throughout Balochistan”, Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo directed the concerned departments. Mr. Bizenjo chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to review the rescue and relief operation in the province.

The floods and torrential rains have also damaged over 673 mud and bricked-walled houses in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, a PDMA shared with journalists revealed on Friday. Rains have left thousands of people homeless in Quetta and other affected districts.

Flash floods swept away bridges, roads, and dams

Flash floods have also swept away small bridges, and delay and check dams across Balochistan.

Chief Secretary Balochistan, Abdul Aziz Uqiali visited floods and rains that affected distinct Pishin on Friday. Deputy Commissioner Pishin briefed CS Balochistan about the pace of rescue and relief operations in the district.

Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Asghar Tareen and political leaders were also present on the occasion. The CS directed an inquiry into the breaching of various dams in the Pishin district. Floods have swept away small dams in the district.

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